Gina DeJesus Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Gina DeJesus Net Worth

Gina DeJesus has an estimated net worth of $1 million. Gina DeJesus was freed in 2013, after almost 10 years of captivity by kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gina DeJesus became an abduction statistic when she disappeared at age 14 while walking home from school. She was held captive along with two other young women, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry, by former school bus driver Ariel Castro, the estranged father of one of DeJesus’ friends.

After nearly 10 years of captivity, during which she was allegedly beaten and starved, DeJesus and her fellow captives were rescued by neighbors in 2013.

Today, DeJesus devotes much of her time to helping people who are missing a loved one. In 2018, she opened the Cleveland Family Center for Missing Children and Adults. Her headquarters is just around the corner from where she was held captive.

To calculate the net worth of Gina DeJesus, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets.

All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities. 

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Gina DeJesus
Net Worth: $1 Million
Monthly Salary: $20 Thousand
Annual Income: $300 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Author, Co-founder of NGO

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Early Life

Georgina “Gina” DeJesus was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 1, 1990. Her close family members included her father Felix DeJesus, mother Nancy Ruiz, sister Mayra, and brother Ricardo. As a 13-year-old, DeJesus walked nearly 40 blocks from her Cleveland home to Wilbur Wright Middle School, passing through commercial areas and rundown areas frequented by prostitutes.


On April 2, 2004, a 5’11” 14-year-old DeJesus went missing while walking home from school after accepting a ride from former school bus driver Castro — ironically, the father of one of DeJesus’s friends, Arlene Castro (who was the last to see DeJesus alive prior to her disappearance).

DeJesus’ mother had given her $1.25 to take the bus home, but she preferred to walk, as she had done many times before, saving the money for gum and snacks. Instead of taking DeJesus home, Castro took her to a house he owned in Cleveland’s impoverished Tremont neighborhood, where she was imprisoned in Castro’s basement.

Because no one saw DeJesus being kidnapped, no AMBER Alert was issued after she was reported missing, which enraged her father.

With the passage of time, the DeJesus family continued to work with police and the FBI to locate DeJesus, including the distribution of flyers throughout town and the holding of neighborhood vigils. The adolescent was also featured three years in a row on the national television show America’s Most Wanted, in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

For the next nine years, DeJesus would be held with two other young women, Knight and Berry, using ropes and chains alternately (who eventually would give birth to a daughter in captivity). Castro is accused of raping DeJesus while wearing a bag over her head because he knew her family and she was a friend of his daughter’s.

Another ironic event occurred in 2004, when Castro’s estranged son, Anthony, was a journalism student at the time and published an article about DeJesus’ disappearance and its impact on the community in a Cleveland-area community newspaper.

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On May 6, 2013, DeJesus and her captors were rescued after Castro left the house to run errands and Berry fled to the front door, where she screamed for help; two neighborhood men, Angel Cordero and Charles Ramsey, responded to her screams.

Berry and her 6-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, were the first to leave the house, and DeJesus and Knight were released shortly after, bringing their nearly decade-long incarceration to an end.

DeJesus, who was 14 at the time of her kidnapping, and her kidnappers both face a long road to recovery. DeJesus, in particular, has some bones in her neck fused as a result of being chained for extended periods of time, limiting her movement.


Using their memoirs and the diary kept by Amanda Berry, Berry and Gina DeJesus published the book Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland in 2016. 

The memoir describes a story of unimaginable torment. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events at Castro’s home with original accounts of the search for the missing girls.

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